6 former NY Jets participating in Super Bowl LVII
The NY Jets haven't been to a Super Bowl since their lone Lombardi Trophy victory in 1969, but that doesn't mean former members of the organization haven't shared in the glory with other organizations.
There are former Jets who take part in the Super Bowl every year, and today's Super Bowl LVII matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs is no exception.
While there won't be any former Jets players taking part in the game itself, there are a few former players and coaches who are with the Eagles and Chiefs organizations. Some of those former Jets will be on the sideline coaching in tonight's game.
Let's take a look at the six former Jets who could receive a Super Bowl ring after tonight's game.
Which former NY Jets are in the Super Bowl?
La'Mical Perine, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
La'Mical Perine is the lone player on either roster who has spent time with the Jets. The former fourth-round pick was released by the Jets as part of final roster cuts last August and joined the Chiefs' practice squad in late January after brief stints in Miami and Philadelphia.
Perine was not elevated for Sunday's game so he won't be playing, but if the Chiefs win, he will be in line to receive a Super Bowl ring. That's quite the glow-up considering where Perine was a year ago at this time.
Dave Merritt, DB coach, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs' defensive backs coach, Dave Merritt, got his NFL start with the Jets way back in 2001. He spent three years with the Jets as a defensive assistant and later linebackers coach before leaving to join the New York Giants.
Merritt has been with the Chiefs since 2019 and already has three Super Bowl rings to his name (two with the Giants, one with the Chiefs). He'll be hoping to add a fourth to his growing collection tonight.
Ben Ijalana, scouting assistant, Philadelphia Eagles
Former Jets offensive tackle Ben Ijalana joined the Eagles as a scouting assistant last June. Ijalana amazingly spent the majority of six seasons with the Jets from 2013-2018, although he only started 13 games for the team.
The former Colts second-round pick was a valuable swing tackle for the Jets who started the majority of the 2016 season. He's now looking to start a new career as an NFL scout.
Kevin Patullo, pass game coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Patullo served as the Jets' quarterbacks coach from 2015 to 2016 where he helped lead Ryan Fitzpatrick to one of the best seasons of any QB in Jets history. He's since made a name for himself as a hot coaching candidate in Philadelphia.
Patullo actually interviewed with the Jets for their offensive coordinator position before Nathaniel Hackett was hired. He's looking for his first Super Bowl ring after joining the Eagles in 2021.
Dennard Wilson, passing game coordinator/DB coach, Philadelphia Eagles
Dennard Wilson was one of the most respected assistants on the Jets' coaching staff from 2017 to 2020. He survived multiple coaching regimes and was even given a promotion to keep him in New York.
That didn't stop him from leaving to join the Eagles in 2021 where he has helped oversee one of the best secondaries in football. Like Patullo, he is looking for his first Super Bowl ring.